Portrait of Christopher Spera, PhD


Dr. Spera graduated from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in human development and quantitative methodology. Dr. Spera leads Arbor Research by providing leadership and overall direction for organizational activities. Dr. Spera has an expertise in health outcomes research, including program evaluation, applied research, and policy analysis. He has served in leadership roles in several contract research organizations and has a track record of expanding the mission impact of an organization. Dr. Spera has served as a Principal Investigator and/or Corporate Oversight role on hundreds of projects within the health policy, public health and epidemiology, and behavioral health areas. Outside of his work at Arbor Research, he continues to serve as a professor of public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy, where he teaches program evaluation. Dr. Spera has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 technical reports.